Definition of twirl in English:

twirl

Syllabification: twirl
Pronunciation: /twərl
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Spin quickly and lightly around, especially repeatedly: she twirled in delight to show off her new dress
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    • Obviously a boy who appreciates a big stage when he sees one, Jack danced and twirled and spun with abandon, much to the delight of the photographers.
    • From time to time, Russian dancers clad in national costume would pop up to dance between the tables, somehow reminiscent of a doll twirling round and round inside a music box.
    • She looked absolutely radiant with joy in her period dress, spinning and twirling on the floor.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [with object] Cause to rotate: she twirled her fork in the pasta
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    • ‘I am,’ said Jacqueline, twirling her fork in her fingers, but not actually touching the food.
    • She gave me a smile as I picked up my fork and started twirling it.
    • Corrina picked up her fork and twirled it around in her salad, never once raising the food to her mouth.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 [with object] Baseball Pitch (the ball).
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    • Alex twirled the ball with her right hand behind her back.
    • With the Yankee starting rotation in tatters, the rejuvenated Orlando Hernandez twirled an absolute gem.

noun

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  • 1An act of spinning: Kate did a twirl in front of the mirror
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    • The more you practice, the more complicated moves you'll be able to do, like turns and twirls.
    • I kept on skating ahead of him, gathering more and more momentum and doing a complex combination of twirls, spins, and turns.
    • We exited the atmosphere perfectly with a few bumps and twirls.
    Synonyms
    pirouette, spin, whirl, turn, twist, rotation, revolution, gyration, twizzle
  • 1.1A spiraling or swirling shape, especially a flourish made with a pen.
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    • Her name in an exquisite, flowing script glistened back at her, the letters furling and flourishing themselves in elegant swirls and twirls.
    • A telltale sign of both species are the intricate spirals and twirls of their spawn on the base of individual blades of eel-grass, and these will often lead you to the perpetrator.
    • His waxed moustache had turned into perfect twirls at their ends.

Derivatives

twirler

noun
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  • He estimated a crowd of more than 1000 people who were stunned at the drummers, fire twirlers, fashion parades, dancers, puppet shows, a DJ, street performers and buskers.
  • Spirits were high, the alcohol was free or subsidized, there were fire twirlers, drummers and men on stilts moving around the Victorian Arts Centre forecourt and I was feeling on top of the world.
  • Talent night at the local elementary school tends to conjure up images of kazoo players, off-key warblers and budding baton twirlers, all with big dreams and stars in their eyes.

twirly

adjective
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  • But I suppose it was too much to expect for him to have a black, twirly moustache and for her to cackle mysteriously from beneath an impenetrable black shroud.
  • It's a drinking song, It's a polka, it's girls in big twirly dresses and they're giving it everything they've got.
  • In 2000 they installed a couple of tall twirly staircases and a giant spider, sculpted out of steel by Louise Bourgeois.

Origin

late 16th century: probably an alteration (by association with whirl) of tirl, a variant of archaic trill 'twiddle, spin'.

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